Aaron Thomas shares his family’s journey of demonstrating uncommon strength and character during the darkest of times following the fatal shooting of his father, Parkersburg, IA High School Football Coach Ed Thomas, by a former team player. In an incredible story of ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary situation, Aaron shares life lessons learned from his father; the power to choose, to live each day with passion, and to be a difference-maker. The Parker’s story made national headlines in 2008. In 2010, Aaron and his family were chosen by ESPN as the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. They were presented with the award at the ESPYs for being exactly the kind of people Ed Thomas would have expected. Aaron, his wife Ellie, and their 3 sons reside in Parkersburg, IA where he is the Athletic Director and Assistant Football Coach at A-P High School. He holds a Masters Degree in Administration from Drake University.
Rex Tignor is founder of Man UP Ministries and is currently employed by Henrico County as a Construction Inspector. Rex is a member of the Leadership team and Men's Ministry training director for the Washington Area Coalition of Men's Ministries (WACMM). He is the former Men's Ministry Director for Redemption Ministries for the state of Virginia which assisted over 70 churches. Rex is the author of "Living Out Of The Rut." While serving as Eastern Director for People Matter Ministries, he co-authored "Why Minister to Men" with Dr. Dan Erickson. His heart and passion is helping men unlock their God-given potential.
John TrentJohn Trent is president and founder of StrongFamilies.com, a ministry committed to building strong relationships in these stressful times. Trent is a sought-after speaker and has authored or coauthored more than a dozen award-winning and bestselling books, including the million-copy-selling The Blessing. He lives in Arizona.
Lee TruaxLee Truax, President of the Christian Business Mens Connection, is a 25+ year technology sector veteran and a committed ambassador of Jesus Christ. Truax has held various roles in the marketplace that have provided insight into the challenges related to living out our faith with authenticity in our work experiences. During his career he worked for several industry leading firms Compaq, HP, and AMD. Transitioning into his current role with CBMC in 2009, Truax is passionate about men growing deeply in their relationship with Christ and one another. A family man who has been married to his Messiah College sweetheart Lisa for 30 years, Lee has 7 children and 1 grandchild. He resides in Chattanooga, TN area where the CBMC, Inc. national headquarters is located.